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SEGA Sports 'NCAA College Basketball 2K3' Ships For PS2

by Thomas on Dec. 3, 2002 @ 5:53 p.m. PST

SEGA of America announced today the release of "SEGA Sports NCAA College Basketball 2K3" for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system. Produced by Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio, and developed by Kush Games, "SEGA Sports NCAA College Basketball 2K3" delivers a number of innovative features including an impressive roster of more than 300 Division I schools, online play, an ESPN telecast-style presentation and more than 600 college-specific animations. SEGA Sports' new franchise features everything college hoops fans will expect from the makers of "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3," the game Rolling Stone Magazine calls "the best basketball simulation out there."

"'SEGA Sports NCAA College Basketball 2K3' continues to build on the dynasty of the 'NBA 2K' franchise, bringing sports gamers the most definitive college basketball simulation available," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts Entertainment, a SEGA development studio. "As the only college basketball title to offer such a vast line-up of schools, online gameplay and an in-depth Legacy Mode, 'NCAA College Basketball 2K3' puts you right on the court to experience the passion and excitement of the college game."

With complete 2002 NCAA schedules and playing styles for more than 300 Division I schools, "SEGA Sports NCAA College Basketball 2K3" capitalizes on the strengths, weaknesses and specific traits of each program, immersing gamers into the world of hoops in true college fashion. From the college-style player models and school-specific banners to the rowdy fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium, every last detail of NCAA hoops is replicated in lifelike realism.

Modes of play in "SEGA Sports NCAA College Basketball 2K3" include Exhibition, Season, Tournament, Gym Rat, Practice and Legacy. The extensive Legacy Mode lets players build their own modern-day dynasty, as gamers can scout and play (as early as week 10 in the regular season) as well as recruit and sign the country's top high school prospects. It also lets players develop their team's specific offensive and defensive styles, redshirt players, monitor Top 25 and R.P.I. (Ratings Percentage Index) rankings and stay glued to a bubble watch come tourney time. The exclusive Draft feature inside the Legacy Mode lets gamers import graduating seniors into the pros in "SEGA Sports NBA 2K3." In the Gym Rat Mode users can play "pick-up" games while Practice Mode lets players practice their skills and get familiar with the game. "SEGA Sports NCAA College Basketball 2K3" also lets gamers from around the country play each other over the Internet on PlayStation 2, bringing even the most intense conference rivalries closer to home.

These exclusive features and key elements are enhanced by more than 600 animations unique to "NCAA College Basketball 2K3," including all new dunks, jump shots, diving saves and an enhanced passing game. Adding to this authenticity is the addition of school-specific arenas, chants and fight songs, which bring the flavor of college hoops to life. Team specific plays and playing styles, accurate player models and an ESPN telecast-style presentation with TV-style game highlights, music and replays round out the authentic college basketball experience.

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